Halley VI Antarctic Research Station

Structural Designer

AECOM

Client Name

British Antarctic Survey

Location

Brunt Ice Shelf Antarctica

Images: © Antony Dubber; Sam Burrell

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Sited on a pristine floating ice shelf in Antarctica, the world’s first fully-relocatable, permanently manned research station, Halley VI, sits on skis and is designed to lift itself out of rising snow. Successful delivery in one of the harshest and remote locations on earth required a unique understanding of and response to the environment, scientists’ needs, restricted construction window, prefabrication, shipping constraints and maintenance limitations.  The design met the stringent international environmental standards required for this region and will leave nothing behind when it moves on.

Judge's comment:

The panel admired the dedication and collaborative response to meeting the unique challenges of this project: to deliver a practical and economic solution without compromise on the environmental demands of the project and its client.